May 16, 2020

Google begins construction of new data centre in Ireland

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Google begins construction of new data centre in Ireland
Google has begun construction of a new data centre, which will be located at Profile Park in West Dublin.

Roughly 400 jobs will be created during the c...

Google has begun construction of a new data centre, which will be located at Profile Park in West Dublin.

Roughly 400 jobs will be created during the construction, which is expected to cost Google €150 million.

The new two-storey centre will be built alongside its existing data centre, which opened in 2012, and created 30 full-time jobs. Alongside that, the company completed the purchase of 31 acres adjacent to these facilities, which could mean further expansion if the company requires it.

The company says that the data centre will rank among the “most energy efficient in the world.” Part of the reason it opened a data centre here was down to Ireland’s climate, the cool weather makes it easier to keep the buildings cool.

The first phase of the construction is expected to be completed later this year.

The centre will be used to help power Google services and apps like search, Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube.

Google’s Ireland office employs over 5,000 people and acts as its headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Jul 30, 2021

University of Dresden constructs carbon concrete building

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The Technical University of Dresden, collaborating with German architecture firm Henn, is constructing the world’s first carbon fibre and concrete building

The Technical University of Dresden, in partnership with German architecture firm Henn, is constructing the first building to be made out of concrete and carbon fibre, rather than traditional steel. 

The combination of materials, known as, “carbon concrete” has the same structural strength as its steel-reinforced alternative but less concrete is used, according to researchers at the university. 

The building, called “The Cube” is currently under construction at the University of Dresden’s campus in Germany, and is believed to be the first carbon concrete building in the world. Strengthening the concrete, the carbon fibre yarns are used to create a mesh into which the concrete is then poured.

Unlike steel, the mesh is rust-proof meaning that the lifespan of carbon concrete is longer than that of the more typical steel-reinforced concrete. This also allows the layers to be much thinner than steel. 

The design and shape of The Cube 

According to the companies, the flexibility of carbon fibre allows the walls to fold up and become a roof. In a statement talking about the building’s design elements, Hen said: “The design of The Cube reinterprets the fluid, textile nature of carbon fibres by seamlessly merging the ceiling and walls in a single form, suggesting a future architecture in which environmentally conscious design is paired with formal freedom and a radical rethinking of essential architectural elements.

"The wall and ceiling are no longer separate components but functionally merge into one another as an organic continuum.” Displayed as a showpiece for TU Dresden’s major project, backed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, The Cube aims to explore the potential uses of carbon concrete in construction. 

"Carbon concrete could contribute to more flexible and resource-saving construction processes, and switching to carbon concrete could reduce the CO2 emissions from construction by up to 50%," Henn said in a statement. 

Bio-based carbon fibre under development to reduce carbon footprint

While carbon fibre may be lighter and stronger than steel, it has a much higher carbon footprint. Describing the material’s impact on the environment, Dr Erik Frank, Senior Carbon Scientist at the German Institute of Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf (DITF), said it is “usually very bad.” To reduce the carbon footprint, Frank is finding ways to make carbon fibre out of lignin, a common plant-based substance found in the paper manufacturing industry. 



 

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